Welcome to Evanston/Skokie School District 65
District 65 consists of 10 attendance-area elementary schools (grades K-5); three attendance-area middle schools (grades 6-8); two magnet schools (grades K-8); an early childhood center; and a school for students with significant special needs. All District 65 students are taught by highly qualified educators and utilize the same curriculum and instructional materials.
Attendance-area schools are generally located within close proximity to a child's home; however, in some cases, transportation may be necessary due to identified hazardous crossings or distance. Each middle school serves students from its nearby elementary schools.
There are two magnet schools located within District 65 that serve students in grades K-8. Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literary & Fine Arts School draws students from across the district and offers a continuous school setting which differs from the traditional elementary or middle school experience. Each school has a specialized focus designed to appeal to children and families.
African Centered Curriculum Program
Oakton Elementary School is home to the African-Centered Curriculum (ACC) program and features lessons and activities that engage students in African and African-American history. Small class sizes and strong family involvement help students to develop a deeper understanding of these rich cultures. Click here to view a video about the ACC program.
Two-Way Immersion Program
As a part of the Two-Way Immersion (TWI) program, curricular studies and activities are enriched with Spanish language and culture. Spanish is the predominant teaching language in the earliest grades and gradually shifts to English as students matriculate through the program. Native Spanish speakers are tested to determine placement in a bilingual education program and native English speakers may apply to participate in the Two-Way Immersion program. The TWI program is available at Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies (2019-2020 school year - kindergarten and first grade only) and Dawes, Dewey, Oakton, Washington, and Willard elementary schools. Click here for more information about the TWI program.
Park School is a self-contained special education school that is jointly funded and operated by Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and Evanston Township High School District 202. Students, ages 3-22, benefit from a self-contained educational facility for reasons of safety, health, and/or the need for an intensive therapeutic environment. At the age of 16, many students are able to learn new skills in preparation for their future through participation in the job placement program. In addition, there are many services provided including speech-language, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and hearing and vision impairment services. Click here for more information about Park School.
Rice Education Center
Rice Education Center (REC) is a therapeutic day school serving students who have identified social and emotional disabilities between grades 1 and 8. Many of the students who attend REC are residentially placed at Rice Education Center that have had challenges being successful at home as well as in the general education setting. The classrooms are limited in size to provide a structured and supportive academic environment for the students to explore their academic talents.
More information about registering students in District 65 can be found by visiting the 'Registration Information' section of our website.